Snugpak is a brand with strong military associations, so it’s no surprise that the one-person Ionosphere is olive green, bivy-like and – at 1.52kg – leans more towards the sturdy than the lightweight. It only uses two poles, which makes pitching very swift, and I enjoyed the possibility of setting up with just the free-standing inner – a great choice for warm, dry evenings when you’d like to stargaze whilst still being protected from midges at dawn. There’s an excellent amount of space once you’re lying down within the Ionosphere (it’s 2.4m long), but sitting up is not possible (propping up on an elbow instead is more realistic). The corner entry porch, too, is very small and cooking within it requires both confidence and experience. There are a very decent number of pegging points for ensuring effective tensioning and the low-slung design means most wind just whips over the top of it without great impact. The price is appealing, considering its robust, no-nonsense design.
VERDICT: A robust and dedicated one-person bivvy-style tent that’s neither too light nor too expensive.
BEST FOR: Austere adventures.
Review by Dan Aspel @